GM will ask salaried employees to return to the office for in-person work starting January 30th, 2023. The new strategy follows employee backlash at a similar proposal made last month.
For those readers still catching up, GM previously introduced a work-from-home strategy for many of its white-collar employees in an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, later introducing a “Work Appropriately” strategy that enabled workers to continue to work from home, or to work from the office, as deemed necessary.
Last month, GM announced that its remote work policies would be changing with the receding threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, asking workers to return to the office three days a week. Employees were notified of the change via an internal message from senior GM leadership, including a note from GM CEO Mary Barra.
“Over time, we have lost some of the important, intangible benefits of regularly working together in-person including, casual mentoring, more efficient communication and bringing an enterprise mindset to work,” Barra wrote. “We are entering a rapid launch cycle that, quite frankly, will define our future trajectory, and we need to drive change with speed – individually and collectively – so we can achieve our goals.”
However, employee backlash at the proposed change to the work-from-home strategy prompted Barra to walk back on the in-person work proposal, with GM stating that it would work listen to feedback to implement the right changes and balance a need for in-person work with the needs of employees.
Now, according to a recent report from Detroit Free Press, which cites anonymous individuals familiar with the plans, it looks as though GM is set to begin in-person work for white-collar employees starting early next year. According to the report, GM department heads began meeting with teams to discuss the plan to bring workers back to the office on a more regular schedule, with an expectation that workers will be required to make an in-person appearance in the office at least three days a week. That said, it is noted that GM will offer flexibility depending on the job and department.